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Boat and Tackle Setups / Re: Best fish finder/gps for big lake
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:27:04 AM »
Picked up a Garmin Echomap 93 sv a few days ago on sale. Chirp, Down View, Sideview, Traditional Sonar, and GPS with Lakemaps HD installed for detail contours. With my Cabelas  Visa was $719.00. So far I'm happy with the upgrade from a 10 year old Lowrance unit that crapped out. I do like Lowrance but couldn't justify paying $400.00 more for the Elite 9ti with a map chip for the contour detail I was looking for on the Great Lakes.  The Lowrance HDS 9 was another $900.00 with the total scan and map card.  I mostly use the traditional sonar and GPS screens for trolling Superior. Picks up my cannonballs and even marks fish! This is not a touchscreen unit however.

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Walleye / Re: zebra mussels
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:26:14 AM »
Welcome back Al...

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Walleye / Re: zebra mussels
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:13:36 PM »
Been Lake Trout and Coho fishing off Brownstone/Munising this summer Al....Waiting for the Walleye plant to grow up....

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Ice Fishing / Re: Well, I did it...
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:00:18 AM »
I've got a Dewalt 20 drill and the nils 6 inch auger. Cuts like butter and no issues with power for a dozen hokes or more. Mind you 6 inches is small...go to eight and you double the surface area of the hole so it's going to be more of a struggle for sure but I would guess, with my experience with the 6 inch, you shouldn't have a problem with the larger one for several holes....just buy an extra battery for all day drilling and moving around.  The 6 is OK for early ice but marginal for 12 inches of ice...just too narrow for that much ice to get the fish head in and up...no issue with getting through the ice though...

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Walleye / Re: Walleye time
« on: September 11, 2015, 09:06:44 AM »
I second the algae mess.  Like I've never seen in 45 years on the lake.  I've been Lake Trout Fishing lately....

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Lake Superior / Re: Autrain Bay
« on: August 19, 2015, 01:14:18 PM »
and the wind was up..... :usa:

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Lake Superior / Re: Autrain Bay
« on: August 19, 2015, 08:22:09 AM »
????.....Saturday you couldn't find a parking spot in the parking lot...Lakers running a little deeper now it seems...

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Trout/Salmon / Re: Spin N Glo's?
« on: August 05, 2015, 04:04:21 PM »
Sure.........behind dodgers or cowbells...?

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Lake Superior / Re: Autrain Bay
« on: August 03, 2015, 06:28:07 PM »
The dock is high and dry now...no more wet feet...FYI

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Trout/Salmon / Re: Chinook v Atlantic Salmon
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:25:57 PM »
Salmon fishing has been the fishing economy in Michigan for a long time. And Kings are KING! I find it hard to believe the MI  DNR have it so WRONG. I have been fishing salmon since 1986 from the coho and kings in Frankfort, to big kings in Rogers City off Swan Bay and the Calcite plant, to Fairport after my move back to the U.P. 13 years ago.  Nothing like a 20 + king battling it out for all its worth until the very end with the sunset in the background. Now the last two years are sad...smaller fish and hard to find everywhere.
Sure, atlantic's and steelhead are fun and lake trout save the day sometimes when it's  the game of the day, but kings are memory makers....nothing compares.
So...why are the powers that be taking this away?  Forage issues?...Fix it already but don't take away the very species that's kept me in the game...spending money...buying gas, bait, lures, launch fees, boat stuff, camping, motels, restaurants...Where's the logic?
I'll  still fish lakers, sure...steelhead, sure...atlantics...sure....but I'm  not likely to travel far from home to do it anymore.. .and not likely to take a two week vacation to travel, spend money, for lakers and steelhead....it's all about bang for the buck...and it's just not there like it used to be....Sad commentary.

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Lake Superior / Re: Autrain Bay
« on: July 28, 2015, 07:33:02 PM »
I've been fishing out of Autrain a few times this year for Lake Trout. The launch is OK but bring some rubber boots. The end of the dock farthest from shore is under water, about a third of it, with 3 inches of water on top...go figure. Also the angle of the slope requires me to get in the lake to winch my boat on the trailer but it is what it is.
As far as fishing....I fish way North and not in the bay or around Autrain Island so much so can't comment on the bay but that being said been catching 4 to 8 Lakers per trip with a few misses each trip to keep me humble. I would call the location I fish more off Wood Island Reef and the corresponding humps topping out at 135 feet than Autrain Bay per se. Mostly leans it seems. Did mark some fish up in the water column but not sure what that was about...was bumping for lakers.
Two spinner modified cowbells and spin and glows....I guess that's my preference but certainly not anything special or necessary for good action out there...old habits tried and true...works for me.
Hope this report helps.

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Walleye / Re: Walleye time
« on: May 30, 2015, 09:22:21 AM »
Nice job Al... :thmb:

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Boat and Tackle Setups / Re: wire rod
« on: April 02, 2015, 06:14:19 AM »
One more idea...Put a bead on the wire line before attaching the swivel. Then you can reel the wire up to the tip of the rod and the bead acts as a stop on the tip of the rod.  Keeps kinks out of the wire during storage.

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Ice Fishing / Re: au train derby
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:13:31 PM »
Road is plowed to the boat launch back by the campground for those interested....at least as of today it is......

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Walleye / Re: AuTrain walleye bite
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:09:46 PM »
Geez...I go away for a long weekend at the NHRA drag races and look at you.  Save a few for me eh? !

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